Performer 'who groped model' was filming in court

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 October, 2012, 3:28am

A local performer accused of indecently assaulting a model while filming a live internet broadcast had two cameras confiscated in court yesterday.

Lam Hak-lam, 35, who arrived at court an hour late with a stuffed toy animal he called his "boy", has pleaded not guilty to one count of indecent assault.

The magistrate seized the cameras after police noticed him using the devices during the hearing. It was not clear whether they were video or still cameras.

Lam is alleged to have touched a 31-year-old woman during filming at the Morrison Plaza studio of online broadcaster on June 2 this year.

Lam, dubbed the "Nicholas Tse of Victoria Park" after speaking at a public forum there earlier this year and due to his resemblance to the Hong Kong actor, pleaded not guilty.

The woman told the court that Lam touched her buttocks and swept his hand up to her breast while she was holding a microphone. Later, he had caressed one of her thighs while smelling of alcohol.

"I was afraid," she said as prosecutor Michael Arthur questioned her about the alleged assault. "It was a live broadcast. I just wanted to complete it smoothly."

The woman said she had been told to hold microphones, pour drinks and walk around dressed in "sexy attire" to make the scene more attractive.

When Lam's name was called at Eastern Court yesterday he stood up holding up a grey, fist-sized, donkey-like stuffed animal and told Deputy Magistrate Allen Wyeth: "It's my boy." He was ordered to put it away.

Representing himself, Lam - who was a guest on the show - said a host had told him that as it was an "adult" show, it would be better for the woman to act intimately with him. Lam said he had repeatedly told her if she came within his arms' reach, he would touch her. "You say you were afraid, but you behaved in a joyful way, with laughter," he said.

The woman denied a host had mentioned acting affectionately with Lam. She said despite having to stay within the frame being filmed, she had warned Lam not to touch her and had complained to the presenters.

The trial continues.